Associations to the word «Shotgun»


SHOTGUN, noun. (firearms) A gun which fires loads typically consisting of small metal balls, called shot, from a cartridge.
SHOTGUN, noun. (slang) The front passenger seat in a vehicle, next to the driver; so called because the position of the shotgun-armed guard on a horse-drawn stage-coach, wagon train, or gold transport was next to the driver on a forward-mounted bench seat.
SHOTGUN, noun. (US) (especially Southern US) A one-story dwelling with no hallways or corridors, with the rooms arranged in a straight line.
SHOTGUN, noun. (American football) A play formation in which the quarterback is a few feet behind the snapper when the ball is hiked, ideally allowing for an easier pass play.
SHOTGUN, verb. (slang) (smoking) To inhale from a pipe or other smoking device, followed shortly by an exhalation into someone else’s mouth.
SHOTGUN, verb. (transitive) (informal) To verbally lay claim to (something)
SHOTGUN, verb. (transitive) (baseball) To hit the ball directly back at the pitcher.
SHOTGUN, verb. (US) (slang) To rapidly drink a beverage from a can by making a hole in the bottom of the can, placing the hole above one's mouth, and opening the top.
SHOTGUN, verb. (US) (slang) To send out many (requests, answers to a question, etc), especially in the hope that one obtains a positive result (i.e. reveals useful information, is correct, etc), in the manner of a shotgun firing many balls of shot such that one may hit a target.
SHOTGUN, adjective. Of or relating to a shotgun.
SHOTGUN, adjective. Occurring as a result of the threat of force.
SHOTGUN, adjective. Utilizing numerous or highly diverse means to achieve a particular result.
SHOTGUN APPROACH, noun. (idiomatic) An approach in which the subject is indiscriminate and haphazard, using breadth, spread, or quantity in lieu of accuracy, planning, etc.
SHOTGUN HOUSE, noun. A narrow shack with a door at each end, common in the Southern United States from the end of the Civil War until the 1920s.
SHOTGUN MARRIAGE, noun. (countable) A marriage beginning with (resulting from) a shotgun wedding.
SHOTGUN MARRIAGE, noun. (countable) A shotgun wedding itself.
SHOTGUN MARRIAGE, noun. (uncountable) Such marriages, or such weddings, taken collectively.
SHOTGUN MARRIAGE, noun. (countable and uncountable) Used figuratively.
SHOTGUN MARRIAGES, noun. Plural of shotgun marriage
SHOTGUN OFFENSE, noun. (American football) An offense in which the quarterback sets up at a distance behind the center and the ball is snapped through the air.
SHOTGUN PLEADING, noun. (legal) A legal complaint or an answer to a complaint which sets forth an excessive number of facts with no clear organization, and then asserts that those facts describe a cause of action or a defense.
SHOTGUN PLEADINGS, noun. Plural of shotgun pleading
SHOTGUN PROTEOMICS, noun. (genetics) A laboratory method for the determining the identities of proteins in a mixture.
SHOTGUN SEQUENCING, noun. (genetics) A DNA sequencing technique in which a large number of small fragments of a long DNA strand are generated at random, sequenced, and reassembled to form a sequence of the original strand.
SHOTGUN SHACK, noun. (colloquial) (idiomatic) A house with no internal barrier between the front and back doors.
SHOTGUN WEDDING, noun. (idiomatic) (slang) A wedding in which the bride is already pregnant.
SHOTGUN WEDDING, noun. (idiomatic) Any similarly reputedly forced partnership, between people or organizations.
SHOTGUN WEDDINGS, noun. Plural of shotgun wedding

Dictionary definition

SHOTGUN, noun. Firearm that is a double-barreled smoothbore shoulder weapon for firing shot at short ranges.

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